"Now that the Angels are out, the team with the best record in baseball has won the World Series just twice in the 16 postseasons since baseball creatively went to the wild-card playoff format. If the Dodgers win it all this year -- and if there is such a thing as a favorite going into the second round, they might well be it -- the playoff team with the worst of the eight records will have won the World Series three times. One can sympathize with the Angels' frustrations, especially after the final game with the botched squeeze, Jason Bay's bloop and Jed Lowrie's ground ball through the hole. We understand that after winning 100 games they believed they were the best team in baseball, but the fact is they didn't play well in the Boston series."—Peter Gammons, in his latest espn.com blog
Recently, Jay wrote about rule changes: "If you want to talk rule changes, it’s a whole other discussion, but like most diehard fans, I’m totally sure that my rules would be a lot better than the current ones. I personally would rather change the rules for postseason berths."
A team should be rewarded for winning the most games in the regular season. I think it's lame that the Cardinals won the World Series a few years ago. I'd hate to be an Angels' fan after the way they lost to Boston. I think the wildcard team has too much of an advantage. Should they come in down 0-1? Should they have one fewer home date (teams would squawk about lost revenue)? Let me point out that wildcard teams tend to come out of the AL East. Big market teams.